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Help - where do I move (in SW London) for a decent primary school in a nice area?

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hester Wed 22-Jul-09 16:00:39

As I have moaned at great length on other threads, it is becoming clear that getting dd into a 'good enough' primary within walking distance is going to be like getting a camel through the eye of a needle. So we're thinking of trying to move (market permitting).

Can anyone recommend any nice schools in pleasant areas? We're thinking of a swathe of SW London down the district line, or train line into Waterloo - say, Putney, Chiswick, Wimbledon, Twickenham, Teddington.

Good transport links (we don't drive) and the odd bookshop would be considered a bonus!

hester Wed 22-Jul-09 16:01:59

I shoudl add that when I say decent school, I'm not primarily thinking about academic results. My priorities are somewhere that feels safe and happy, deals well with bullying, will be able to provide a nice family atmosphere to a child from a same-sex, multi-racial family.

stuffitlllama Wed 22-Jul-09 16:03:19

Try Southfields SW18, a couple of nice ones, CE and a non CE.

stuffitlllama Wed 22-Jul-09 16:04:06

Also Merton has the three tier system but some good schools I am pretty sure.

giantkatestacks Wed 22-Jul-09 16:05:37

Can you afford all those places hester? Blimey wink I wouldnt suggest Wimbledon though as you will need to live very close to the schools indeed and the secondaries are rubbish - there was some problem with Richmond not having nearly enough primary places this year as well.

Certain bits of Kingston perhaps? Or New Malden - then you can get to both Kingston or Sutton for secondary grammars.

Where are you now?

DebiNewberry Wed 22-Jul-09 16:06:02

what's your budget?

giantkatestacks Wed 22-Jul-09 16:07:56

I like your name Debi grin

DebiNewberry Wed 22-Jul-09 16:10:03

Ah! I like yours... smile nobody gets it usually, i think they think I am just a hun using my own name!

noideawhereIamgoing Wed 22-Jul-09 16:14:34

Wimbledon has lots of good primary schools but the secondary school situation isn't good - unless your child is academically brilliant or you can afford to go private.

stuffitlllama Wed 22-Jul-09 16:18:30

No.. that's right.. secondary in Wandsworth pretty hopeless I think.

Somewhere in Tooting for Graveney school?

merrymonsters Wed 22-Jul-09 19:00:42

Wimbledon has good primary schools. Secondaries (Rutlish and Ricards Lodge) have been improving over the last couple of years with new head teachers and local people are starting to use them. Secondaries are also good if you're catholic (Ursuline and Wimbledon College).

giantkatestacks is right that in Wimbledon you need to live very close to a school, especially if it's one-form entry. At our school this year, you needed to live within 300m to get a child in without an older sibling.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 22-Jul-09 19:04:52

How about Merton Park? It's SW19 and SW20 postcodes, and Merton Park primary is good, I think. The other good primaries are Wimbledon Chase and Pelham. My boys both went to Pelham and it was a lovey school.

DS1 was at and DS2 still goes to Rutlish and I can confirm that it is a much, much better school than it used to be.

It's no longer a 3 tier system, btw - that ended some time ago - a conventional primary/secondary system.

ZephirineDrouhin Wed 22-Jul-09 19:06:02

Graveney good in Tooting/Furzedown. Primaries not so brilliant unless you are Catholic.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 22-Jul-09 19:08:29

Transport links in Merton Park/South Wimbledon also very good - Tramlink between Croydon/Wimbledon, with a stop at Merton Park, Northern Line at South Wimbledon and District Line and mainline trains at Wimbledon.

Come for a coffee with me and I can show you! (One of my friends is a teacher at Pelham, so you can get the inside gen from her too!)

DebiNewberry Wed 22-Jul-09 19:09:52

Penwortham is a great primary in Furzedown (outstanding ofsted I believe)

Ravenstone in Balham might suit op too - no school uniform, lovely head, nice mix of kids.

HeadFairy Wed 22-Jul-09 19:11:49

Very good primary schools where I am in Battersea Hester (am on Northcote Road SW11) very nappy valley, but both Honeywell and Belleville schools are highly regarded, lots of different types of children (ie not lots of Jocastas and Raefs) but it's not a cheap area. A three bed terrace house will set you back about £700k. Clapham junction station is at the end of our road, trains to Waterlook take about 8 mins.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 22-Jul-09 19:13:43

Ooh - I'll wave at you next time I'm in the queue at Doves, HeadFairy!

lemaillotjeune Wed 22-Jul-09 19:14:41

Ooh, Head and BIWI do you have kids at either of those schools?

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 22-Jul-09 19:15:50

Yes - DS2 now at Rutlish. (DS1 was, but is now at Esher 6th form college). Both boys went to Pelham when it was a first school and Wimbledon Chase when it was a middle and then primary school.

HeadFairy Wed 22-Jul-09 19:16:32

BIWI, I can't afford Doves so I'll have to wave to you from the street <sob>

Lemaillot, ds isn't school age yet so no he doesn't. But I'm perfectly placed for either as we're perfectly between them.... but we're moving <sob - again> because we can't afford a house in the area and dc 2 is on the way and our 2 bed flat won't cope with four of us!

ZephirineDrouhin Wed 22-Jul-09 19:16:35

Yes, Debi's right about Penwortham - would definitely consider Furzedown actually.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 22-Jul-09 19:23:26

<comes clean>

I only go there at Christmas or for very special occasions!

HeadFairy Wed 22-Jul-09 19:26:41



I still can't get over the queues at Christmas time BIWI... so long they have to serve mulled wine to stop the everyone rebelling and bundling in to the shop to demand their turkeys!

HeadFairy Wed 22-Jul-09 19:27:00

To stop the everyone? Sorry, brain not fully engaged.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 22-Jul-09 19:34:19

HeadFairy, merrymonsters - and anyone else on this thread who is the environs - we're having a Wimbledon meet up on Saturday, at the Rose & Crown - any takers?

You'll get to meet daftpunk! (Who is lovely, btw)

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